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Hostel Kyotokko (ex Kyoto Cheapest Inn) Reviews

783 Sabamatsu-cho, Marutamachi-dori Matsuyacyo Nis, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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605 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 69%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 62%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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very good option for a budget stay, helpful staff and decent bus links to reach it. the dorm is large, 20 people, but never felt too busy. facilities could be better, the internet and wifi seem slow, and at busy times you need to wait for one of the three showers. but there is a large tv, a decent basic breakfast and plenty of information about kyoto available.


Staff is very nice helping you with various issues. Location is ok, some distance to the train or bus station but manageable. Hostel feels rather small and cramped. There is only little ventilation in the room. Rooftop garden is cool with a great view.


I loved this place, the man that runs it was an excellent host. The beds are big and the rooms are set out nicely, there are so many things offered here as well, you can buy used kimonos, vegetarian curries and breakfast and tea/coffee is free! It was so easy to get around, there are four stations within 5 min walking distance, and the Nijo castle is pretty much visible from the hostel, I would definitely stay here again.


It's ok if you looking for something cheap.... Pretty good breakfast but very crowded and bad smelling rooms

  • 27th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel was in a fairly good location, staff were helpful and security good. Cool roof terrace. Airconditioning in the dorm room was not turned on for the 1st two nights we stayed there, so temperatures while trying to sleep were up near 29 degrees celsius. They didnt turn on the aircon during the day so pretty roasting when trying to have a rest day at the hostel. The aircon in the reception area seemed to be on all the time. Toliet and shower rooms could do with a good disinfect & clean


Worst hostel I have been staying in Japan. It Far from the city, rooms are cold and without Internet. Toilet and showers are dirty and cold as well, I don't recommend this place unless you want to suffer for same price of a cool hostel.


Not standart hostel


Not a great location, only bathrooms, sinks or showers were on the bottom floor, no atmosphere, but the beds were comfortable enough.


My least favorite out of three hostels in Kyoto. Rooms are crowded, and the layout is disorganized. Sinks are right alongside the beds, so the sounds of people getting ready aren't even dampened by a door. There's not much atmosphere, both in the hostel and in the surrounding area. The only positive is that a JR station is within walking distance for those with a rail pass. I would consider this a last resort if everything else is booked.


Bit of an odd hostel but nice. Had to pay key deposit but got everything back. Free breakfast was okay. Location has few tourist spots near by, but not near any night life.


Comfortable and quiet bunk beds, nice staff (they helped me with the bus system), free breakfast was good for price paid.


Real cheap. Welcoming and hospitable staff. Rental bikes available for cheap. Good bus connections. Good dorms, with curtains to cover your bed for a certain level of privacy. No curfew. Free breakfast (which was alright). Averall good hostel. Would use again.


the owner will charge you nickel and dime literally for everything. not many free amenities. wifi is pokey. However, what really makes this hostel super awesome is you can rent a bike for 500-800yen a day. that made my kyoto experience infinitely more fun, zen, and enjoyable. srsly the bike rental is the greatest thing in the universe, and made some of my most memorable experiences in my 10 days in japan. the beds and stuff are alright, and sometimes there are weird smells. central location

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Excellent location, clean but smelly share bathroom, good value for your money for 1 or 2 nights. I had to take a cold shower because either the hot water wasnt working in the morning or they turn it off.


It would be nice if there were darker shades in the bedroom. I kept imagining it was morning because of the strange light.


It was one of those places that could be so much more, simply tidy up a bit, a good clean and throw out some of the junk you have everywhere or improve storage. I found it strange that there was a pile of dirty towels on the floor of the evaluator for 3 days - why? Why were the showers dirty and poorly designed? Why did half the lockers not work? - just put some effort into the place. I appreciate the place is cheap and my overall opinion is positive but could try harder - laziness maybe?

  • 30th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Bike rental for 500-800 yen for a day was very convienent. Lockers are useful for storing personal. Breakfast in mornings also welcomed. Staff friendly and helpful. Wifi intermittently on and off on dorm levels but strong on first floor/common room.

  • 25th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Reception, showers, kitchen and the common room are all in the same place. 3 showers for all the hostel and only at the ground floor (there are 5 floors) The breakfast is nice.

  • 24th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


good location to move by bus.

  • 23rd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


This is a pretty good hostel in the middle of Kyoto. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are reasonably clean and there is breakfast in the morning. The 20 bed dorm is busy and there is only 1 toilet and sink on the floor. Showers and additional bathrooms are on the ground floor. You can find better places to stay in Kyoto but it is ok if there are not many options.

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